American Red Cross disaster relief enters second week - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

American Red Cross disaster relief enters second week

American Red Cross workers have been deployed to help provide immediate assistance to residents in Marion and Jones Counties. Photo Source American Red Cross American Red Cross workers have been deployed to help provide immediate assistance to residents in Marion and Jones Counties. Photo Source American Red Cross
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from American Red Cross 

More than 100 Red Cross workers have been deployed to help provide immediate assistance to residents in Marion and Jones counties who were impacted by the tornadoes that devastated the area on Dec. 23, 2014. Workers are in Marion County today (Friday) and Saturday working with individuals whose lives and properties have been affected and connecting them to available community resources to help them recover.

People who have disaster-related needs from the tornadoes should seek help from the Red Cross and do the following:

• Come to the Woodlawn Church located at 1452 Highway 98 East, Columbia, Miss. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday or Saturday where Red Cross caseworkers and mental health professionals are available and can connect people with resources to help them recover.

• Call the Red Cross office in Hattiesburg at 601-582-8151 to be connected with a Red Cross worker.

• Red Cross workers are going door-to-door Friday and Saturday in the Marion County neighborhoods that sustained tornado damage.

Within hours of the tornado touching down, Red Cross workers were on the ground focusing on emergency needs and providing shelter, emotional support, meals and relief supplies to families. Emergency vehicles traveled through communities to deliver supplies such as snacks, rakes, shovels, trash bags and gloves to individuals and families picking up the pieces of their homes.

Red Cross mobilizes the power of its volunteer workforce to be on the ground when disaster strikes. Those interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer may visit www.redcross.org/volunteer or call 601-582-8151 today.

HOW TO HELP: Red Cross disaster assistance is free. Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like the Mississippi tornadoes can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

Copyright 2015 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Billy Fokakis dies after brief fight with rare cancer

    Billy Fokakis dies after brief fight with rare cancer

    Monday, January 22 2018 10:42 PM EST2018-01-23 03:42:00 GMT
    Billy Fokakis died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer. (Photo source: WDAM)Billy Fokakis died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Billy Fokakis, the owner of a restaurant that’s been a staple in Hattiesburg for nearly 100 years, died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer.

    More >>

    Billy Fokakis, the owner of a restaurant that’s been a staple in Hattiesburg for nearly 100 years, died Monday morning after a brief fight with a rare form of cancer.

    More >>
  • 1 person shot at Collins plant

    1 person shot at Collins plant

    Monday, January 22 2018 7:29 PM EST2018-01-23 00:29:55 GMT
    1 person shot at Sanderson Farm plant in Collins. (Photo source: WDAM)1 person shot at Sanderson Farm plant in Collins. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene of a shooting at the Sanderson Farm plant in Collins where one person was shot.  According to Collins Police Chief Joey Ponder, the shooting happened inside the facility around 4 p.m.  The factory was closed down while the scene was made secure according to Ponder.  He said one person was shot and transported to a local hospital with injuries, but he did not know the extent of them.  A suspect did flee the sce...

    More >>

    Multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene of a shooting at the Sanderson Farm plant in Collins where one person was shot.  According to Collins Police Chief Joey Ponder, the shooting happened inside the facility around 4 p.m.  The factory was closed down while the scene was made secure according to Ponder.  He said one person was shot and transported to a local hospital with injuries, but he did not know the extent of them.  A suspect did flee the sce...

    More >>
  • Flu kills 2-year-old MS girl

    Flu kills 2-year-old MS girl

    Monday, January 22 2018 6:45 PM EST2018-01-22 23:45:54 GMT

    Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirms a 2-year-old girl died at Forrest General Hospital over the weekend due to complications from the flu. Benedict said the child is from Sumrall.

    More >>

    Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirms a 2-year-old girl died at Forrest General Hospital over the weekend due to complications from the flu. Benedict said the child is from Sumrall.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly